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Praying Mantis Care #1
Not sure if anyone on here keeps these? A friend's daughter has come home from a pet shop with a praying mantis in a plastic bottle with a stick in it! Now I have come across plenty of these in the bush in South Africa, but have no clue about their needs in captivity!!

Can anyone point me in the direction of a decent caresheet for these? It is not a baby, length of my hand already. Also, it apparently moulted this week, but the wings and wing covers are all curled up/mangled looking! Lack of humidity during the moult maybe? I was thinking about giving them my old 21L hexagonal fish tank as this poor thing is cooped up in that bottle, like one of those plastic sweet jar type bottles, with mesh over the lid, looks far too small?

But any advice would be great, don't want to rely solely on Google and end up in the same position as most newbie fish keepers!

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Re: Praying Mantis Care #2
Check your pm's

Would of posted it on here but I'm not sure about the whole linking to other pages rules!
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #3
There are no mantid care sheets on FK and so forum rules allow linkage from what I've read. Regardless, I don't think anyone would mind a link to a non aquatics website that can offer decent care advice :-

http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forums ... -want-praying-mantis.html
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #4
Thanks guys! You are awesome!
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Brigitte Brigitte
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #5
Mantis has been safely installed in my old 21L fish tank! And has already had his first meal in there!

The tank exceeds the biggest size recommendations I could find and he has lots more to climb on now. Was a bit worried that it was 'too big' - a lot of the websites say that as a 'sit and wait' predator a tank too large will decrease his chance of his prey stumbling across his path...but he had no trouble spotting his locust and homing in on it slowly before making a lightning strike. So I am confident he will not go hungry!

Felt a bit bad for the locust though - he ate it from the back end so the poor thing lived through most of the slow eating process

Thanks again for the links!
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #6
So have you worked out what sort it is??
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #7
Hi Cathie

Yes, its a Sphodromantis viridis. Quite cute I think but not many people seem to agree with me on that!

Is it you who posted a pic of a mantis not too long ago? I was trying to find it earlier but couldn't remember which thread I had seen it on!
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #8
Is this the one?

http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... p?topic_id=30409&forum=26

Any chance of a pic of yours?
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #9
Yes its the Fishy-Fishy fry who have the monstrous stick insect, our days of such things are probably over, prefer rodents
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Re: Praying Mantis Care #10
Ah yes, that's exactly the thread I was thinking of! Had forgotten that it wasn't a mantis that Fishy-Fishy had though.

It isn't mine, belongs to a friend's children - I went over there this afternoon to take them Piglet's old tank and set it up for it. I'm really glad to have found something that can go in the tank that won't be stunted by it! Completely forgot to get a pic of it while I was there! Might pop past tomorrow evening to check on it and take a pic.

This is what it looks like though - WARNING, EXTREME CLOSE-UP
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